The Brilliance in Blogging Awards winners!

It’s a cliché at awards ceremonies that at some point someone gets up and says there were so many fantastic entries and stresses how hard it was to choose the winners. That’s not going to happen with our awards.

First of all, we’re having a virtual ceremony to which everyone is invited, so no one is standing up at all, unless it’s to go make themselves a cup of tea while they’re tweeting.

Secondly, we ducked the whole issue of choosing and asked you to vote on your favourites.

Thirdly…well, thirdly, there were lots of fantastic entries (more than 400 of them overall) and they demonstrated such a wide range of enthusiasms, interests, voices and topics that in truth it was still difficult as voters to choose the ones that top the lists.

Congratulations to everyone who was nominated, short-listed or won. And thanks to all those folks out there who cast votes (more than 4,000 total!). We’ve included some of their coments and thoughts about the blogs below. While we’re at it, we say hats off to this amazing blogging community that continues to support one another, develop and grow with each passing day.

It’s been a brilliant year!

Fresh Voices 2010 – This category singles out blogs that have launched in the past year who have an engaging voice and add to the blogging mix. These 5 winners won you over with their wit, vitality and lively content.  “New stuff all the time, a lot of time and effort put in,” remarked one voter of RedTedArt, and it could easily apply to all the winners.

  • Blog up North “He’s poignant and funny, sometimes I forget he’s a dad!”
  • Marketing to Milk “Fresh, funny, well written posts that have made me laugh, cry, stew and sometimes just think. Always good, always worth a read.”
  • Red Ted Art “Maggy’s crafting with children blog has taken off at an incredible rate, it’s inspiring and creative.”
  • Mummy’s Busy World “I love the perspective of coming from her son … fun!”
  • The Alexander Residence “well written and visual blog, varied, and committed to fellow new bloggers.”

Funniest PostThey made you laugh. They made you cry (with laughter). They made you smile wryly with recognition.

Most Inspirational BlogThey provided uplifting stories and insight and told their personal stories in a way that buoyed our spirits.

Make a Difference BloggerThese bloggers – with written, video and audio content – highlighted worthy causes and along the way generated support and spurred the community into action.

  • Military Mum  – “The voice of those married to guys in the military. She highlights the plight of those serving in Afghanistan and the families they must leave behind”
  • English Mum  – “For mobilising many MANY bloggers to write about and support the Bloggers for Haiti appeal. People from all over the globe jumped on board. From little acorns. . .”
  • Mummy Tips – “What she did to raise awareness about Bangladesh and Save the Children was awe-inspiring”
  • Rosie Scribble – “For her work in Cameroon and with Pampers and Unicef. She never tries too hard, she just writes as who she is”

Outstanding in Field  These bloggers have distinguished themselves by developing a strong voice and a specific niche. Whatever it is, they rock and represent some of the best British blogging around!

  • More Than Just A Mother – “Bitterly sweet and hilarious at the same time, she writes about the “extreme” parenting of raising three children while working full time”
  • Sticky Fingers– “I love everything about Tara’s blog. It’s one of the few blogs on my ‘must read daily’ list”
  • Mocha Beanie Mummy –  “I find her extremely inspiring because she talks about her struggles so openly and candidly”

Honorable mention: We can’t cover everything cool bloggers are doing but we couldn’t resist highlighting the fabulous Twitterocity of one blogger.

  • Twitter Queen: @nickie72 – Follow her now, if you know what’s good for you.
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About Jennifer Howze

Jennifer Howze is the Creative Director and co-founder of BritMums. She blogs about family travel at Jenography.net, tweets at @JHowze and Instagrams at @JHowze. Previously, she wrote the Alpha Mummy blog at The Times and as a journalist has contributed to The Times, The Guardian, The Independent, The Wall Street Journal, Travel & Leisure, Budget Travel, CNN.com, Allure, SELF and Premiere, among others. She won The Maggie Award from the Planned Parenthood Federation of America for a health article in Seventeen magazine.

28 Comments

  1. 12 January 2011 / 13:34

    Massive MASSIVE congratulations too all the bloggers nominated and all those who won.
    You guys are an inspiration
    xx

  2. 12 January 2011 / 13:35

    A big congratulations to all the winners today! All very well deserved. Thank you so much BMB for organising this, I think many of us needed some good news this week.
    So thank you and let’s blog!
    xxx

  3. 12 January 2011 / 13:41

    Big congratulations and a well-deserved round of bacon to all!!!
    ~M

  4. 12 January 2011 / 13:44

    Thank you for helping show me that my decision to share the fact that I have experience of mental health problems was the right one. Thank you so much to everyone who voted, I’m really touched.

  5. 12 January 2011 / 13:44

    Wowzers! Thank you, I am completely honoured (and even shed a little tear!).
    Many congratulations to everyone involved xx

  6. 12 January 2011 / 13:45

    Wow! I know nearly all of you.
    Do I keep good company or what?!
    Well done you lovely people!! 🙂

  7. 12 January 2011 / 14:10

    Huge congratulations, the blogging community never ceases to amaze me. Since becoming a part of British Mummy Bloggers, my views and understanding of blogging have turned around into something newer, richer and more incredible. The community spirit fuelled by the wonderful people I talk to and listen to on Twitter everyday have made my life feel full and connected, something I was lacking before.
    So, thank you and congratulations to you too BMB!

  8. 12 January 2011 / 14:10

    Huge congratulations to all the winners, all who were nominated and thanks to everyone who took the time and trouble to vote! xxx

  9. 12 January 2011 / 14:18

    I totally missed it all as I was on the school run and collecting boots from the menders (get THAT for daily excitement), but how completely lovely to come home to see this wonderful celebration of blogging. Thank you for organising this and thanks to anyone who voted for me. Huge congrats to everyone nominated and especially to the winners. Claps very enthusiastically. x

  10. 12 January 2011 / 15:45

    Wow- such worthy winners. How wonderful to be able to celebrate them and blogging in general in such a positive way. Well done to all nominees. *claps and squeals*

  11. 12 January 2011 / 16:23

    Congratulations to all the winners! Some of my old favorites and some new (to me) blogs I look forward getting to know. Thanks for sharing.

  12. 12 January 2011 / 16:35

    A very big thank you to everyone who voted for me. xx

  13. 12 January 2011 / 17:23

    Massive congratulations to all the worthy winners, each one deserved the recognition they received. Well done and keep up the good work.
    Hope you all have a wonderful year in blogging.
    CJ xx

  14. 12 January 2011 / 18:27

    Totally and utterly floored.
    Thank you so much to all who voted for me. I really do appreciate it x
    *Goes off for a celebration cup of tea*

  15. 12 January 2011 / 19:10

    Thanks so much to everyone who voted for me. Chuffed to bits. This means a great deal. *wells up and wanders off*

  16. 12 January 2011 / 19:25

    Well done everyone!

  17. 12 January 2011 / 19:40

    A huge congratulations to everyone who won, most of whom are great people who have inspired me. I never expected to be nominated after only 3 months of blogging so wasn’t at all surprised not to win, just so proud to be even counted amongst such inspirational people. Big love to you all xxxxxx

  18. 12 January 2011 / 20:19

    I am absolutely amazed at my honourable mention – thank you all very very much. I’m in excellent company too. Well done to everybody.

  19. 12 January 2011 / 20:44

    So happy to have joined such a brill community. Thanks for the votes. Congrats to all!
    Thanks so much for organising this.

  20. 12 January 2011 / 21:24

    Being one of the winners in such illustrious company is a total honour. I am chuffed to bits, thank you!
    Maja/Pinchypants

  21. 12 January 2011 / 22:06

    A massive Thank You to BMB for organising these awards and an even BIGGER Thank You to all of you who voted for me and (ahem left those lovely comments quote above *blush blush*). I have gained so much from Red Ted Art and it has made me so much craftier (my crafty mojo from y youth had gone to sleep), that I really cannot imagine “life without it”. Thank you thank you thank you! What an amazing start to 2011!
    Maggy x
    (ahem, Red Ted Art)

  22. 13 January 2011 / 16:56

    Many, many, many thanks to everyone who voted for me. (Group Hug) I am really touched! xxx

  23. 17 January 2011 / 09:29

    Congratulations to the well deserved winners. I’ve discovered some wonderful reads through BMB, thank you!

  24. 17 January 2011 / 11:04

    I am astonished and greatly heartened by the sheer quality of so many of these blogs. Well done to everyone. Proof indeed that parenthood does not necessarily turn one’s brain to mush.

  25. 17 January 2011 / 11:27

    I guess you haven’t read my blog yet??? 😀

  26. 17 January 2011 / 13:12

    Well done you lovely lot. What a brilliant bunch. Woo hoo. 😀

  27. 24 February 2011 / 15:18

    Have just looked at some of the winners blogs! Very worthy winners! Congrats everyone 🙂

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    18 April 2011 / 14:56

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